Tag Archives: Azeri music

Azerbaijan: The Ashiq Tradition

If it can be generalized that the text in mugham is stable while the music is improvised, the revers is true of the ashiq tradition. There is an essential narrative function to the ashiq which stems from the long standing … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Mugham

WHAT IS MUGHAM? Mugham is difficult to define. It is ensemble music; it is improvisation; it is a framework for improvisation; it is a  scale; a mode; a system of modes, of phrases, of musical development and composition; it is … Continue reading

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